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the obama administration tand democrat congress pursued an agenda of every frustrated liberal at the expense of the public good and contrary to the will of the people. when america needed a growth strategy to revive our session-racked economy, the obama administration and the pelosi-reid congress gave us a $1 trillion stimulus bill that only stimulated more government. as unemployment soared to 10%, america needed and called for policies that would spur job creation. instead of focusing on jobs, the obama administration and its democrat congress spent a year concocketting a government-run health care system, one that stifles job creation as well as drives up the cost of health care. at a time when we desperately needed incentives to create new jobs, president obama and his congressional allies tried to impose the biggest tax increase in american history on small business owners by letting the bush tax cuts expire. two years of their calling for these massive tax increases caused more uncertainty among employers, making them reluctant to hire anybody or spend more money. along the way, the pr
word? it is wrong to care? we are against care? we are going to fight against care? i am glad obama cares. i am glad democrats care. [applause] look, if it is not democrats who are caring about somebody getting kicked around because they have a pre-existing illness, who is going to care? if democrats don't care about small businesses who cannot afford health care, who is going to care? if democrats are not the ones caring about the cost of college, who is going to care? we do care. that is one of the great things about being a democrat, a we should be very proud of that approach worked president. in that battle between focusing on the future and the other party fighting the battles of the past, we are wrong to see more of this over the next two years and it will make it easier to make that choice plane to the american people. but the time when our next together, the reelection will be up and running and will likely begin in the second quarter of the year. the president has announced in an unusual way, the reelection will not be in the washington d.c. area. he said it worked in chica
continue to grow while domestic spending is going to be flat over the next 5-10 years under president obama's budget. there was a much ballyhooed announcement they were cutting $70 billion over the next five years at the pentagon. but in fact, that was a reduction from a previous projections for growth. so, the total amount -- which is a famous budget tricky here in washington -- so the total amount will continue to increase. i think as we discussed earlier, the major programs are continuing on. some of them slightly scaled back but the budget is still projecting a second engine for the f-35 although the president opposes that. congress continues to spend on that. it should be noted the factory where it will be billed is next to john vander's district in ohio. and at other military programs. where there may be reductions in military spending may be supplemental authorization as we wind down the wars in iraq and afghanistan, presuming the political situation in those countries go well. the caller mentioned nasa. nasa was slated for cuts in the house republican plans, along with a lot of scie
president obama talks about the budget and education. we will also have reaction from the pentagon, the white house budget office, and members of congress. on tuesday, the house is expected to start debate on a bill that proposes a broad reductions in fiscal year 2011 spending levels possible vote later in the week. live health coverage on c-span. tomorrow on c-span3, a hearing on public employee pensions and state financial problems. our live coverage starts at 4:00 p.m. eastern on c-span3. >> we are focused with the threat is. our goal is to protect whatever consumers or employees use. >> monday, cyber security on the communicator's on c-span2. >> not a look at the week ahead for the president and congress. this is just under an hour. "washington journal" continues. host: our sunday round table, welcome back. let's begin with c-pac conference which wrapped up yesterday. coming in first in the non- binding straw poll again this year, texas commerce ron paul getting 30%. what do you read into those numbers? guest: ron paul has proved to be pretty popular. this group -- the tracks c
said that he believes a republican will be president -- will beat president obama in 2012. he said he is seriously considering a second bid for the presidency. the governor was in washington, d.c. to kickoff a tour for his new book. the next stops are in the state's scheduled to hold the first presidential caucus in 2012, iowa. this is 50 minutes. >> can everybody hear me? good. it is great to see this great crowd here. wonderful. mike huckabee is here today. it is a part of his book tour to promote his newest book, "a simple government: twelve things we really need from washington (and a trillion that we don't!)." is an honor and pleasure to introduce a man who burst on the national stage in to those and it when he won our republican caucuses and finished third behind and john mccain and mitt romney in the nomination for president. he burst on page 6 of "the washington post." the question on many minds now is whether he will pursue the republican nomination in 2012. maybe he will tell us today. governor mike huckabee was born in 1955 in hope, ark., nine years after bill clinton was b
obama is at the white house most of this week. he is in miami on friday. in new york, the un secretary general congratulating the secretary -- security council in taking a united stand against libya. slapping sanctions on the libyaan leader, his family, and assisted. the white house is urging the leader to leave as soon as possible. in wisconsin, the budget battle continues. good morning for this sunday, february 27. if you could advise the president to sit down with one person, who would that be? 202-737-0001 our line for republicans and 202-737-0002 for democrats and if you are an independent, the number to call is 202-628-0205. a look at some of the headlines from outside washington. in madison, wisconsin, saturday's gathering the largest so far as 70,000 demonstrated against the budget cuts. the headline is -- the anatomy of a protest. meanwhile, from the pittsburgh post gazette, obama urges gadhafi to quit. many believe the changes could herald a new dawn of a new epoch after centuries of humiliation in the arab world. the "chicago tribune", rahm emanuel prepares to take over as t
copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] host: president obama speaking yesterday at the white house weighing in on the situation in egypt. welcome to "washington journal" this february 2, 2011. the latest news from the associated press says the egyptian military is calling for an end to more than a week of demonstrations demanding that mubarak step down immediately after nearly 30 years in power. last night the president of egypt says he would not seek office again but fell short of protesters hope that he will step down. looking at coverage at how editorial boards and pundits are waiting and, "usa today" has this to say. our question for you this egypt headedis toward democracy? the phone numbers to call -- we all -- also have a phone line set up for -- shin-americans. 628-0184. and you can email us. let us take a look at what "usa today" has to say about what is happening in the egypt. do you think egypt is truly heading toward democracy? fort wayne, indiana, on the republican line. caller: egypt to democracy -- like the democracy jimmy carter helped set up in iran in the 1970's.
. >> this is sunday night at 8:00 on c-span. >> president obama previews the speech that he will give next week to the u.s. chamber of commerce, and he calls on businesses to hire workers. there is a criticism of his economic policies, that have been said to create unsustainable deficits. >> this week, we were told that we were moving in the right direction but we need to get there more quickly. the bipartisan tax cuts that we passed in december will add to job creation and economic growth. this is making the paychecks of americans will larger, and helping to invest. but the true measure of progress is that every american who wants to have a job can find a job. people in this country can still achieve the american dream. this is the process. in the global economy, the newest industries will take root and the strongest commitment to research and technology, this will help with -- we have to innovate more than the rest of the world. students and researchers are leading the way on innovation and they are taking up the challenge all across the country. if you focus on tackling the biggest obstacles
, we saw president obama unveiled his 2012 budget proposal. if you go to, we have a budget page available. you can look back /budget. with events we have been covering -- hearings. all of it can be found there. we also have a list of amendments for this 2011 spending bill debated in the house. if you are interested in who has to file amendments and what issue, go to, and there you can find a list of amendments. upper marlboro, maryland. libya is a moderate. what do you think? caller: i think there should be moderation and all things. part of the problem is half of the legislators are working on the budget cuts -- and the other half should be working on the jobs bill. it is a no-brainer, if you put people back to work it will make a dent in the deficit. 15 million people unemployed? they would be paying taxes, federal and state taxes, buying appliances and spending money. and another thing that irritates me, when they talk about entitlements. i worked 30 years for my civil service retirement, standing out in the rain and cold and sleet and snow, five degre
: good morning, and welcome to "washington journal" on this monday, february 7, 2011. president obama will -- the chamber of commerce today for the first time as commander in chief. we will carry that live this morning on c-span at 11:30 a.m. our question to start "washington journal" -- should president obama court of the business community? the numbers to call -- let's take a look at a peace in "usa today" talking about the president's address at the chamber of commerce. obama faces business leaders. host: should the president of the business community? matt, caller from manhattan. what do you think the president should do here? caller: i think he ought to stand up to the business community once and for all. big business, corporations, don't pay taxes. corporations write their own regulations. the regulation is there should be no regulation. they are masters at obtaining what they once a through the government'. and if president obama had any hutzpah backbone, he would be in their face and represent the individual taxpayer. again, thank you for c-span. host: caller from illinois. we
done by the blizzard of obama administration job- crushing which it -- regulation. but we cannot today to what needs to be done for our country. so as we prepare for starting today for the next 21 months, i ask you to remember the words of my fellow mississippian, fred smith, the founder and ceo of that act. fred says, "the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." [laughter] [applause] and the main thing is electing a republican president next year. [applause] we cannot put america on the right track until we elect a republican president in 2012. and a republican senate to join the republican house in enacting those crucial policies. we will not have the policies that lead to economic growth, job creation, smaller government, lower taxes, less spending, rational regulations, and the stronger american presence in the world in every dimension until we had a republican president to lead for those right policies, the ones that will achieve the right results for america and the world. namaste, the reckless policies of the obama administration and the left-wing congress has brou
of corruption, corruption, corruption. these countries love the united states and sent to obama election attitude have been changed. they love president obama and they wish they had a president like obama. now it is time for the u.s. to get rid of all of the governments of the middle east and u.s. set up in the democracy and all of these countries. people of the middle east are tired of islam and have no problem with the state of israel. the u.s. has all the resources to do so. we have plenty educated people in these countries working and living in these countries. we love the u.s. for what it stands for. u.s. can use these people to set up a fair and democratic -- democratic government. host: we need you to wrap up. caller: the only thing i am trying to tell you, the american people should realize the people in this part of the world are tired. i go back and forth and whenever i go -- because of corruption, retaliation, everything. host: steve, what got to let you go. his main message -- the people in that region of the world are tired. the next phone call is from alexandria, virginia.
of the union address, president obama only pointed out one program he was going to cut. that was the community action programs. if i understand it thashgsz the program that helps low income people in the country. there are more poor people right now than ever in america. i don't understand why tax cuts for the rich go so smoothly. and the president cuts for poor people. thank you. >> jacob luie points out that the president makes tough choices. >> on the independent line, how deep should the budget cuts go? caller: pretty deep. i agree with reagan's old budget consider direct or the tax cuts are silly too. he said we have to increase taxes. it is not going to be able to get us where we want to go. leif: give us a call. or join on line at twitter domenici/c-span wj or send us an email throughout the morning. a caller from niceville, georgia. good morning. this country became very rich and wealthy on the back of the poor and slafs. this problem we have now is again being paid by the poor. it is going back to the sim way it has always been. i am not born here but i am an american. accept it has
poll will be. no, it will not be obama. thank you. >> one feature of the conservative political action conference every year is the presidential straw poll, voted on by those who attend the conference. the top winners are the same as last year. ron paul got 30% of the vote followed by mick rahm 8 with 23 percent of the vote. former new mexico governor gary johnson and new jersey governor christie receive 6% of the vote. last year pottery third-place finisher was former lasted governor syrup island. this year she finished ninth with 3% of the vote. next, former white house press secretaries to talk about life in the white house. then the white house congressional dinner. after that from the conservative political action conference, mississippi governor haley barbour. now, a discussion of the role of the white house press secretary. we will hear from michael mccurry and dee dee myers preserved under president clinton and president george w. bush's press secretaries dana perino and frank sesno. george washington university's school of media and public affairs posted this event. it
for the program nationally and locally? those are espoused by ice and the obama administration and those that have been publicly stated by participating state and local levels of government. third, how is the -- how has the program implemented originally or sense the 2009 program revisions by the obama administration? how strong is program oversight and supervision? the u.s. and general government accountability office and dhs office of inspector general have been highly critical in recent reports and we want to see how this was working in practice in our 7-study sites. are the costs, benefits, and community benefits? these are difficult to quantify we do provide the qualitative evidence around these impacts as well as an affirmation more quantitated. finally, we make recommendations for improving the program. there are basically two major framing issues around our findings that i would like you to keep in mind during this presentation. the first of these is on the level of targeting. this has changed somewhat over the course of the program's history. ship date 287-g program focus on people that t
"washington journal" is next. . . host: we want to get your thoughts this morning on the obama administration's approach to egypt, what they have done and what they have said so far. the phone numbers are on the screen for you. we have a fourth line for egyptians living in the united states. before we get to your phone calls and hear more from the white house, jim michaels joined us on the phone. jim michaels, "usa today" military writer and he is in egypt. mr. michaels, can you set the scene for us? what is it like? guest: it is a massive protest. what has been remarkable over the past couple of days is just the fact that both sides, despite the tension and the numbers of people and all the risks, both the army and the people protesting have avoided, until now, any confrontation or violence. there are thousands of people pouring into tahrir square. the chanting is going on. it's almost like a festival atmosphere. some people have their faces painted with the egyptian national colors. people are bringing kids in some cases. there's a lot of chanting going on. there's a couple effigies of muba
of accountability by the obama administration for the agreements, situations like these will continue and will be made worse through the expansion of secure communities. i applaud the commendable efforts by local law-enforcement officials like nevada who are using this power judiciously and to take this approach in a very targeted manner. i also applaud their efforts for working with community members to ensure that the focus on the business of public safety and enhancing community policing efforts. however, in a highly-charged political environment like georgia where politics of the day supercede smart law- enforcement practices, then one has to question the delegation of such important federal power of immigration enforcement. when sheriff's with this power refuse to meet with community members to address a very serious concern about the impact of public safety, then one has to question the true priority the obama administration truly has for this program. unfortunately programs in georgia have been subjected to a high degree of politics of the day of law enforcement officials are a
. host: thank you for your call. earmjarks if they are not made in congress, does obama get to direct spending? back-to-back "the new york times. next is a caller from dallas, texas, good morning, independent line. caller: is this for me? good morning. i don't have too much to said. i have a comment. i just want to say that i don't know too much about these politics. the question i have is why is everything having to do with the poor have to be cut concerning how the poor. i believe that people want to work and we need jobs here in america. this is like our birthright of america has been deeded over to foreigners. this is our country first. it is not that they are not welcome here. you want to believe that the president has a heart, that he is cutting the most important things. you just don't know with the gop power and the conservative people that are constantly on him. for those who are tired of the poor, let us have the training to have the wall street jobs. i'm sure it would not take too much to catch on making lots of money. thank you very much. host: here is another point -- nex
of the government shut down in their state operations. >> i have a question about president obama's budget that was released recently. a lot of republicans say this budget is overly timid and it does not lay out a long-term plan. with its continuing resolution in the house, the president is taking a standoffish approach. is it fair to say the president is refusing to lead? >> it is unfair. it is not fair to take this holier than thou that during from the republicans in congress. there were two big bush tax cuts. we have big problems. there is no argument. cutting spending needs to be a part of that. that is why the president's budget calls for cuts over a period of time. what the republicans are proposing right now is reckless. it will hurt a fragile economy and throw more people out of work. that is not just me saying that. the fiscal commission specifically warned against deep cuts in 2011. why? because it would put people out of work. goldman sachs -- you can say many things about goldman sachs but they know about money and be counted. they warned that these immediate deep cuts would ha
, the very seventh. the result we have coming up for you on the c-span that works today. president obama will be talking about jobs and the economy. he is addressing the u.s. chamber of commerce. the business could has been critical of him in the past. you can watch that live here at 11:30 a.m. here on c-span. we will also open our phone lines to get your thoughts on the president's comments. and we have more today with robert gibbs. that will also be live right here on c-span. right now, more events across the c-span network. right now, a discussion on immigration policy as to by the brookings institution. it started about an hour ago and continues live on our companion network, c-span2. >> tonight, karen evans and timothy car on the ability of the u.s. to shut down the internet and deborah wheeler on the impact in the middle east. feddis tonight on c-span2. >> every weekend, experience american history on c-span3. it is 48 hours of american events in first-person story. history bookshelf features the best known history writers of the bus -- past decade. and it traveled to important bat
about the transition beginning now, can you explain how this situation moves from president obama talking about change now, and president mubarak talking about change in september? is president obama powerless to estimate that at the next -- to make that happen? >> let's be clear as these are fluid and dynamic events. what we have seen happen over the last few days are events that many people have not seen -- nobody has seen in their lifetime. i think you heard the president last night pretty clearly. i am certainly here to say that the conversation that the president had with president mubarak was direct, it was frank, it was candid, and without getting into exactly what was said, i think the message that the president delivered clearly to president mubarak was that the time for change had come to. >> i'm trying to get the core question of what this president can do about that. >> i think changing all of these instances -- what we have seen transpire has been over the course of many days and has taken place as a result of change that has needed to happen from within the country.
will bring in his speech again tonight starting at 10:50 eastern. president obama discussed the 2012 federal budget proposal to be unveiled next week, including a five-year federal spending freeze. republican senator orrin hatch thetah also talked about federal budget proposal. he called on the president to back tax code reform and free trade agreements under consideration by congress. we will hear the president's weekly address and also that of senator hatch. this is about 10 minutes. >> i received a letter from a woman named brenda reece. it speaks to what a lot of families are going through. it offers a good example of the responsibility needed in washington now. brenda is a mother and special ed teacher from missouri. her husband, david, was employed at the local chrysler plant for nearly a quarter decades -- nearly four in decades. they have worked hard. they have taken some hits over the last few years. when the chrysler plant closed, he would have to take early retirement. the pension helps, but it is half of what he earned before. because of budget cuts, brenda have to buy school sup
on world threats. then we will hear comments from the egyptian vice-president and president obama on the resignation of hosni mubarak. >> this week, steve israel of new york, the chair of the democratic congressional campaign committee. we have our reporters to help with the question. reid wilson, editor in chief of "the hotline," and alex isenstadt of "the politico." >> you have taken over a committee that is $19 million in debt. it is one of the smallest minorities you have had in a very long time. tell us about the state of the democratic party from a political standpoint and from the institutional standpoint when you have $90 million in debt in your committee alone? >> thank you for reminding us. [laughter] i love uphill battles. i am a student of military history and for once i love of the battles and there are a lot they can be won. we have a chance to do this. when the 25 seats to take the house back. we had a rich environment of 61 seats of seats whose republicans voted for president obama. there are 54 seats currently held by republicans that 55% of their vote or less. qu
&a", former defense secretary donald rumsfeld. tomorrow on "washington journal" several guests discussed obama's 2012 budget requests. there is a targeted program for spending cuts with coling, national fuel fund's executive director. pete outline hidden taxes that he believes are hidden in the budget. then, a discussion on how taxes are hidden in the budget with james thurber. >> i asked you to come here this evening so we could immediately hear a person and report from the secretary of state regarding the negotiations going on in europe. >> you can look at this as a historical curiosity. this is a forerunner of today's managed news. >> find out something you did not know about the 43 men that served as president. they are all free online. watch what you want when you want. up next, highlights from question period in the canadian house of commons. they question the prime minister on the questions of the day. cabinet ministers took questions on canada's border security and a task on the canadians travelling to the united states by air and sea. there are questions about whether the canadian gov
, michigan, an arab- american. your perspective? >> i have watched the news very diligently. barack obama has a very high approval rating internationally. and there is a large cast in the cia. by friends and i feel that this is an effort by the obama administration and the cia. that they are behind these uprisings. i am very happy and have confidence in the days event and what he is doing. i know that this whole episode is an effort to free middle eastern dictatorship. we are very happy here. dinky. -- thank you. host: where are you from, originally? caller: arabia. host: rachel is a democrat from beaufort, south carolina. good morning. caller: good morning. how are you? host: i am all right. caller: we went into iraq and killed 4000 and lost 4000 of our people. with my children were there. we killed over 100,000 people in that country. now, here we go again. you have got people sleeping outdoors. you have not even clean up new orleans. but let's go and do some more killing. the united states lies in their hands are dripping in blood. i pray that we change and leave people alone. post of febr
, policy priorities, have been completely upset by this development. the obama administration came into office two years ago planning to work on israeli- palestinian peace, planning to engage with iran to try to prevent the emergence of iran as a nuclear power and frankly, it had no interest in what it saw as the failed freedom agenda of george bush. what we now see is that these demands for change in the region for democratic governments in the region have forced a's selves onto obama a agenda. he has chosen wisely to get on the right side of this and to be in favor of the spread of democracy and human rights in the region. i think the administration is playing catch up. they are trying very much to show they were on top of these issues all along and were in favor of these things all along, but to be honest, there was not much attention and much priority given to these issues to what was happening inside arab countries and change that might be coming from inside arab countries. there was not much attention given to that at all. over the last couple of years. the two other issues t
obama said he would discover common ground. president obama is showing himself to be the most partisan president in my lifetime, hands down. >> he surprised me. i was anticipating that he would govern a lot like he campaigned, all about a new day in washington, a new kind of dynamic. essentially he said republicans, i won, we are in charge, and you are not invited. it was interesting to see that he did not have any meetings with the house leadership for months and months into his presidency. when he had a meeting on health care, and i remember very vividly when paul ryan, congressman from wisconsin, said mr. president, we have some ideas. he kind of basically dismissed him with "we want, you did that ." -- "we won, you didn't." i saw in him a very different kind of person as president than i had seen, democrat or republican, who when they took the oath of office, understood that there are elevated to a different position than they had been when they were just a candidate. >> so what change? >> i think a lot of it was that he really believed he was on a mission to get his agenda done. i
and i had. we understood we could be used as a vehicle for nefarious means. the obama -- osama bin laden tape, what is our responsibility? we said we were going toe sensitive to issues that might imperil operations of national security. we will try to tune it in. there was a time wn we first deployed u.s. troops to lose pakistan -- to uzbekistan. we were approached and asked not to report thabecause it might jeopardize security. we chose not to report that. then if it leaks some other place and a pakistani news organization puts it up. another network reported it in the u.s. what is your guidance to news organizations? how can you say i will not address that when it is going out through these other means? >> this is why that clash takes place. whenever the president called me in the oval office and said were you the source i would give him a honest answer. i said to you go with it. you go with it and the president sees it on cnn and ask are you the source of it? i would say no, the source was another organization. >> it is a world of difference for someone in the name of the u.s. goveren
free? are we truly free? i think what we know that we have obama care hanging over us, and we know that we have the epa under orders by president obama to, despite the fact that congress did not pass this law for cap and trade, the president is, you know, full speed ahead. let's put it into play. is that want the american people want? are you kidding me? they do not want a new national energy package. over the rest of the economy, and now, once the energy industry, too. -- he once the energy industry. no, you cannot have it. watching or listening by radio, people are saying, "we want to the american dream back, because even though we are not guaranteed an income, we are guaranteed health care, we want the right to choose our own destiny. we do not want the federal government to do that for us." that is what i see, that is what i see. >> just real quick because i know you have to run, but i have a question from todd in oklahoma city, okla., and he says, "how do you respond to the criticism in the house and it said that it is divisive and not in the best interests of the nation, the
, it will be possible to shut off any spending to be used this year to a force obama care -- to enforce obama care. those of you know me know that i am not easily satisfied. there is the position i have taken. >> ready? >> solutions waiting for a problem. so in december, when it became clear, when the c.r. was tasked to fund the government, we must not only shut off all funding for obama care for the rest of this fiscal year, but we should follow the model of the fundi that shut off the four -- what shut off the funding for the vietnam war. that is there, and it exists in other scenarios, as well. notwithstanding any other section law, all funds that have been heretofore appropriated, and obama care automatically appropriates as well as of the rises, we can shut those ofcom and if we do not come obama in here will become a growing malignant tumor -- we can shut those off, and if we do not, obama care will become a growing megan touma wrote -- malignant tumor. shutting off all funding that has beenut in the pipeline for the funding of obama care must be done. fight on. if we do not fight on this g
the nature or color how the branch operates. >> some of the progress of challenges to the obama health care plan -- the media has really played up that all of the judges who struck it down are republicans and all of the judges who upheld it are democrats. doesn't that create a public perception that politics does affect the outcome with judges? >> you mean the comments that people make? >> the comments that we read in the media. based on whether the judge is deciding the case were appointed by a democrat or a republican -- s the -- -- the judges deciding the case were appointed by a democrat or republican. among people say all kinds of foolish things -- >> people say all kinds of foolish things. i do not really care. unless it affects reality. this has not happened in california. it has not been politicized, as best i can tell. it has been quite collegial. federal judges often languished for years in the senate, awaiting confirmation. that process -- by the time it gets in the end -- they feel like they have some approval. it has not been the case. i have a number of colleagues who waited m
and coming up this hour, virginia congressman gerry connolly will talk about president obama's speech to the chamber of commerce. then louisiana congressman, cassidy. he practices medicine in baton rouge and alexander young on the global economy and the u.s. stock market. this is "washington journal." . . host: let's begin with "the hill " newspaper. what are your thoughts on this? do companies have a responsibility to the u.s. workers? independentsif you look at "thel times" headlines on this -- "obama urges executives to share perks." let's listen to what president obama had to say on this yesterday at the chamber of commerce. take a listen. >> your responsibility goes beyond recognizing the need for certain standards of safeguards. if we're fighting to reform the tax code and increase exports to help you compete, the benefits cannot just translate into greater profits and bonuses for those of the top. they have to be shared by american workers who need to know that expanding trade and opening markets will whip their standards of living as well as your bottom line. we canno
people, but obama is really trying to do things, but every president from reagan on have run the deficit up so high that all of the things like we have like school in wateand water and railroads,e government itself has gotten so rd that a lot of republicans are intelligent and willing to work, but a lot of them are just completely negative. host: final thoughts from your guest. guest: i liked the fact that he pointed out this is a decade- long problem in the making. the problem is not new, and it is because we have not made the investmen host: heather boushey, thank you for joining us. >> there will be a debate live here on c-span this evening. it is at george washington university. we will have the debate live on c-span at 7:00 p.m. eastern. hosni mubarak has said he will not run for reelection. you can see his statement from today after our live coverage at george washington university at about 8:30 eastern. right now at, erartesy of the al jazede network. this is an event hosted by the american constitution society. this discussion of judicial nominees and the confirmation
the obama administration, which is absolutely disheartening to me. i was hoping that the patriot act would get a review first thing when he was elected and there was a democratic majority. in both houses. but that didn't happen. we are just going to have to wait and see it and get the test in the courts, which i am very proud to say is being led by the librarians of this country. host: a court case currently? caller: i am sure it is working its way up. another was a connecticut four, i think they were called, four different librarians in connecticut that got nsl's and fought them. host: can you tell us how it works when the library receives a national security letter? not so many times necessarily but how does it work. caller: an agent will come in with and nsl and they will present it to whomever is at the desk, circulation desk, and, let's say, your library records -- everything you have read and records of all your internet access. that clerk then must turn over whatever is available. now, most automatic purge is simply go back about two weeks. host: the fbi does not have software to ge
. >> away in the back. -- way in the back. >> thank you. so far the obama administration has reacted to the events. what do you think they want as a first priority? do they want a major regime or do they want to have a transition government that they a military regime? why do they want? >> i think they want an orderly transition where everything stays the same. i think anything they do not like pales' on the street, but they are not in favor of the military coming in. that would be a huge -- that would not necessarily serve their interests in the long- term. i think they are trying to figure out how you strengthen and put your weight behind your moderate leadership. i would add that in a lot of arab countries right now, the leaders are transferring their money out. i would not be surprised if some of the delayed for president mubarak, his family, and his colleagues or because they are repositioning their assets. you could track their financial flows nc which leaders are most nervous. -- and see which leaders are most nervous. >> they prefer a peaceful transition. that is to say, the
and work on the bill that would ultimately become president obama's health care reform. but it didn't happen. the democrats lost an election in massachusetts for the senate seat. and that changed the paradigm, that changed the narrative, that changed the debate. and then what happened? the house took up the bill passed by the senate, conveniently a bill that had been passed by the house of representatives the summer before as a housing bill, h.r. 3590, look it up at home. 3590, passed the senate. why would senator reid, why would the other body take up a previously passed house bill and turn it into a health care bill? because it wasn't a health care bill. it was a tax bill. it was a tax bill that had by constitutional authority had to originate in the house of representatives. so then the other body had the perfect vehicle. take the housing bill, strip out the housing language, put in the health care language, pass it on christmas eve and we'll gather back after the new year's eve festivities and create a conference committee and pass the president's signature health care legislati
in many years. i think the obama administration needs to turn back the clock a little bit to look at the performance of the obama administration. there was a very, very stupid decision in the the obama administration made right off the bat to cut off steens civil society groups, assistance that had been started turned bush administration and that was a -- it was basically so that they could get the relationship back on track. there was a decision made. that ail yentsated a lot of -- alienated a lot of civil society groups. they felt that the obama administration, even though they were brought in a democratic process, was actually turning their backs on the civil society. there is a lot to make up for, i think with n the united states with the people of egypt. >> the problem i have with your prescription here is that mubarak has so effectively suppressed the political parties at the center of the secular center and allowed the muslim brotherhood to organize. they have an infrastructure. that secretary lar parties do not. you bring up the elections to three months from now then you'
at obama care and the data financial bill, there is a lot of -- d theodd the financial bill. you are going to tell the american people what you are going to do. if you're the president, that sounds like a nice idea and give you the imperial presidency. if you decide to run and if you are elected as president, having that amount of power, having a boss out congress in your hands, is that something you love or something you would hate? >> that is something i would love for the following reason. >> to hold all that power in your hands? >> i would love it. if you get the right president, it's a good thing. if you get the wrong president, it's a bad thing. second, the president's responsibility is to lead. you have a -- you have 535 members of congress. they are not going to put together a strategic plan for america. a strategic plan for america. they are not going to be able to do it. that is why we have the office of the president. secondly, the reason that the founders set it up the way they did was that we needed to have a leader. here is the other big difference between me if i were presid
. president obama will be speaking about the unrest in libya. earlier today, secretary clayton everything will be on the table." the news indicates that anti- government protesters have been taking control of some of the major cities and towns closer to the capital. the opponents of muammar gaddafi are saying they will liberate the force. he is reportedly roaming the streets. the u.s. making efforts to get american citizens out of libya as well. waiting for president obama who should be here shortly. live coverage here on c-span. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] >> good afternoon, everybody. secretary clinton and i just concluded a meeting to focus on ongoing situation in libya. over the last few days my national security team has been working around the clock to monitor the situation and to coordinate with our international partners about a way forward. first, we're doing everything we can to protect american citizens. it is my highest priority. in libya, we have urged our people to leave the country and the
of funds by the obama administration for democracy promotion was one aspect of what i referred to in my talk as they're turning away or running away from the bush freedom agenda. interestin point, i think, to realize that the general promotional liberal- democratic ideas and institutions has been a part of american national security policy from democratic and republican administrations for decades. president bush made it a particularly, highly-eliminated part of his -- highly- illuminated part of his policy, but it was not a radical departure from american foreign policy what was much more of a radical departure from traditional american foreign policy was what the obama administration did when it came in in cutting democracy-promotio funds and basically showing a lack of interest -- an affirmative lack of interest in democracy in russia or human rights and democratic considerations in russia, in china, in egypt, in saudi arabia, syria, and various other places where it had been an important part of the american agenda. the obama administration, and then, of course, in president obama's
is from provo, utah, mr. young, and he says, "will the realistic response to obama b.p. to -- what other provisions will be in it, and will it include tort reform? " -- boat toward reform?" >> the president has said he is for tort reform. do not believe it. president obama, the personal injury lawyers. they talking to forms of -- they talked in terms of tort reform, and he cannot mean it in terms of continuing on as president of united states. they spend about $1 billion every few years. it is pretty hard for them to go against the unions, and that is something that has been very noticeable to me over the years, because about 40% of the unions are republican, and so all i can say is, you know, there is a real difference between democrats and republicans. there is no use kidding. i was a democrat of the way through byu, and you have to be a pretty strong democrat to make all of the way throat byu as a democrat, and realized, my gosh, these people are not be a. they can be very, very helpful from time to time, but i've got to tell you, the party is dominated by special interest groups that
of president obama's infrastructure and technology agenda. after that, former president george h. w. bush and john lewis received the presidential medal of freedom at the white house. recently, former president jimmy carter sat down at the lyndon johnson presidential library in texas to talk about his presidency and the situation in the least. he commented on his work with the carter center. this form as an hour and 15 minutes. -- this forum is an hour and 15 minutes. >> my name is tom johnson. i'm a friend of the lbj family. 16 years ago, the first harry middleton lector took place in this auditorium. the next day, ladybird johnson, who established the lectureship to honor the man who was then library director, wrote to him to express her pride and her gratification that the event had been "a watershed day in the life of the lbj library." she was moved by what she felt was the chemistry that the speaker had created between himself and his audience, which was heavily composed that day by students. contrary to the fog of cynicism and gloom we have seen as a country to have been wrapped in
address, president obama talks about the need to improve education to complete globally. he gets it from the intel organization facility that he visited yesterday near portland, oregon. he is followed by tom price with the gop address. represented a price talks about the president's 2012 budget request and the need to cut government spending to create a better environment for job creation. his remarks follow a series of amendments passed by house republicans early this morning that would produce 2011 fertile spending by $61 billion. -- federal spending by $61 billion. >> i am speaking to you outside portland, ore. where i am visiting pinto, a company that helped pioneer the digital age. i just toured the assembly line where workers are building microprocessors to run everything from desktops to smartphones. but these workers are not just manufacturing high-tech computer chips. they are showing us how america will win the future. for decades, intel has led the world in developing new technologies. even as global competition has intensified, this company has invested, build, and hired righ
of political repression. the current announcement from the obama administration emphasizes the importance of an orderly transition. meanwhile, as if to underscore the risk to american interests, iran has applauded the revolt, calling it an islamic awakening. the organization of islamic conference has, by contrast, been silent, appealing only to avoid violence. the saudi king has warned of chaos in his statements. i was in saudi arabia last week and witnessed firsthand that there was little enthusiasm among the royals for a muslim brotherhood government. analysts in the united states have advocated for an immediate end to military aid to egypt. they have even conceded that it is fundamentalist but will moderate in power. to help us analyze from different perspectives the prospects for liberal democracy in egypt, we have four presenters on our panel today. i'm delighted to introduce them. are for speaker is samuel tadros. he is finishing his master's at georgetown university. he's a senior partner in the egyptian union of liberal youth. he previously worked as a consultant at the hudson ins
. >> as you start fund-raising, are you not competing for president obama's reelection campaign? >> we are competing with the presidential election, and we are also competing with a historic number of senate seats, so there is no question of fund raising part of it does have some challenges outside of our control, the presidential campaign and many senate seats. we raised over $1 million online. while we are competing with the presidential campaign and would senate campaigns, our voters throughout the country are energized, charged up, and contributing. our member dues have done very well. we are doing what is necessary to work around the fact that we do have that high level of competition for the presidential race and for the senate races as curator of >> members of congress were giving money to the campaign committee -- and for the senate races very good new >> members of congress were giving away two campaign committees. >> whether it is a pitch to members of the democratic colleagues for a pitch to those donors who contributed $32 or to the larger donors, it is the same pitch, but
-737-0002, and independents, 202-628-0205. here is one of the headlines in "the washington post". "obama and congress had for face-off. shut down possible" senate and house are at odds. "the debate over the size and scope of the government now moves to the senate where leaders have said that the house plan which was adopted in the wee hours cuts too deep, and they are planning a far more modest proposal. with the senate of a recession all next week, senators have given themselves just a few days. given the tight time frame, it is unlikely the two chambers can agree on a compromise. if they do not, the government will shut down or congressional leaders will have to agree on a temporary measure for is water a couple oflittle as a weeks" john boehner says he will not include another extension unless it includes significant cuts." here is what nancy pelosi, the minority leader, had to say about the potential for a government shutdown. >> in recent days, we have heard talk about a government shutdown. let's remove all doubt. we all have a responsibility to make sure that there is no government shutdown. the l
like the one in canada, or the one in britain, which is president obama's preferred approach. as he has said on many occasions. well, that's why we need to be focused. we need to be active. and we need to be persistent. ladies and gentlemen, let me close with this. the democrats have been fighting for over a half a century to get this zast russ bill in place. -- disastrous bill in place. he remember ted kennedy running against gentlemeny carter on this in 1980 -- against jimmy carter on this in 1980. this has gone on a long time. it will not take us a half century to repeal this law but it won't be done overnight. they never gave up. we will not give up. but it's going to take the jaws of life to save the life of our country from this wreckage of obamacare and we must and we will never stop, never stop, in our effort to repeal this dangerous, disastrous and broken health care law. thank you very much. for letting me be with you today. thank you. ♪ [applause] >> obamacare, you got to love it. at least obama would say, you know, at least the seniors won't die as fast with the long lines
about why they think that is important to do. >> one other note on that, president obama met with the chinese president when he was here recently. they discussed intellectual property enforcement. the president received a small concession, which was that the chinese government would take care to avoid purchasing pirated software -- software. what can be done to convey the importance of this issue? >> that is -- it time actually does that, we will wait and see, it would be a good first step. if you are imposing that ethic on the people who are charged with enforcing the laws in china, then they might have a greater appreciation for the rampant amount of piracy taking place in china, far worse than any other country in the world. recently, the ceo of microsoft came and talked to me and a few others, and said that comparing china to russia, which has a bad reputation itself, they believe that the rate -- china is much more populous -- the rate of internet that based upon the number of computers in china is six times as great in china as in russia. worldwide, the piracy that is t
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